Tsunamis in Mauritius

In a total of 10 tidal waves classified as a tsunami since 1883 a total of 134 people died in Mauritius. Compared to other countries, Tsunamis therefore occur rather rarely.

The strongest tidal wave registered in Mauritius so far reached a height of 50 meters. At this Tsunami on 04/11/2012 a total of 4 people have been killed.



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The marked positions on the map represent the most effected regions within the past 140 years.

Tsunamis are caused by earthquakes or other seismic eruptions on ground of an oceans and can cause massive tidal waves, which run with enormous force on land, causing great devastation. Especially in regions with only few tsunamis, the damage is often drastic, as the population does not expect tsunamis and thus hardly takes any protective measures. Even relatively small flood waves can lead to high losses and financial damage.

The largest tsunamis in Mauritius since 1883

DateCausemax wave heightDeathsTotal damage
03/02/2016Earthquake in Indonesia (Sw. Sumatra) with a magnitude of 7.8. The tsunami also reached Australia, Maldives, Indonesia, Thailand.unknown2
04/11/2012Earthquake in Indonesia (Off W. Coast Of N Sumatra) with a magnitude of 8.6. The tsunami caused damages in 9 further countries.50m4
10/25/2010Earthquake in Indonesia (Sumatra) with a magnitude of 7.8. The tsunami caused damages in 6 further countries. A total of 431 humans died.47m4
09/12/2007Earthquake in Indonesia (Sumatra) with a magnitude of 8.4. The tsunami caused damages in 10 further countries.unknown2
07/17/2006Earthquake in Indonesia (South Of Java) with a magnitude of 7.7. The tsunami also reached Indonesia, Australia, Maldives, Reunion. A total of 802 humans died.4m2
03/28/2005Earthquake in Indonesia (Indonesia) with a magnitude of 8.7. The tsunami caused damages in 8 further countries. A total of 10 humans died.46m4
12/26/2004Earthquake in Indonesia (Off W. Coast Of Sumatra) with a magnitude of 9.1. The tsunami caused damages in 47 further countries. A total of 227,899 humans died.46m109
05/22/1960Earthquake in Chile (Southern Chile) with a magnitude of 9.5. The tsunami caused damages in 31 further countries. A total of 2,226 humans died.unknown2
01/04/1907Earthquake in Indonesia (Nw. Sumatra) with a magnitude of 7.6. The tsunami also reached Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Reunion. A total of 400 humans died.unknown1
08/27/1883Volcano in Indonesia (Krakatau) The tsunami caused damages in 15 further countries. A total of 34,417 humans died.29m4


These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Global Historical Tsunami Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Several data have been summarized and translated.